Geologic Time Scale Activity

Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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Description

This activity provides excellent instruction on the geologic time scale and the evolution of life on Earth for your Biology or Life Science students in grades 8 - 12. This activity can be used as a classroom activity or a homework activity during your "History of Life on Earth" or "Evolution" units. Choose to use the traditional printable version, or the paperless, digital Google Apps version.

What is included in your download folder?

  • Printable and Editable 6-page student handout
  • Digital paperless version (not editable) for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive
  • Geologic Time Scale Reference Table
  • 2-Page Timeline Activity
  • 2 Pages of images used in the cut/paste portions of the activity
  • 8 Page Teacher Guide and Answer Key

This activity can be completed without a textbook or lecture notes. The Geologic Time Scale Reference Table includes all the information needed for the successful completion of the student worksheets. (Please note: The vocabulary used in this activity should be familiar to students in a high school biology class. Any unfamiliar terms can be found in a dictionary or biology textbook.

What concepts are covered in this activity?

  • Definition of the geologic time scale.
  • How the geologic time scale was developed by scientists.
  • Relative dating and Radioactive dating.
  • Earth’s history is divided into 4 Eras which are subdivided into smaller periods.
  • How to read the information on the geologic time scale reference table.
  • Comparing lengths of geologic time.
  • The order of events in the evolution of life on Earth.
  • Transitional fossils.
  • Estimating the age of organisms based on relative dating.
  • Rock strata.

What will the students be doing?

  • Students complete a 6-page handout on the geologic time scale and complete a 2-page timeline of the history of life on Earth.
  • Students make a circle graph of the time spent in each era.
  • Students use the included Geologic Time Scale Reference Table to answer a series of 30 problem solving questions.
  • Students make a scale diagram showing the length of each era.
  • Students look at pictures to evaluate characteristics of certain organisms.
  • Students complete a relative dating cut and paste activity.
  • Students using relative dating to estimate the age of certain organisms.
  • Students complete a 2-page cut and paste timeline activity showing the evolution of life on Earth.
  • Students are guided through an exercise that allows them to compare all of Earth’s history to one calendar year.

Please Note: The 6-page student handout set is fully editable. However, the pages containing clipart images are not editable due to the terms of use of the clipart copyright holders.

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

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